What should I be paying?
Fortunately the EQV range is fairly concise – it starts at £71,645 for the Sport model, and you can expect to pay £73,910 for the Sport Premium and £78,215 for the Sport Premium Plus. Pay monthly and you’ll be looking at numbers north of £1,000, but shop around Mercedes dealers and you can find some spicy discounts. You’re looking at a £12k premium over the standard V-Class, though, so you’ve got to be sure you want the electric version.
Spec levels are decent – as standard you get the MBUX system with its giant touchscreen, electric side doors and boot, adaptive LED headlights, roof rails and 17-inch wheels. Upgrade to the Sport Premium and you’ll get darkened windows, chrome splashes around the outside of the car, 360-degree parking cameras, Apple and Android connectivity, electric memory seats up front and the fancy moving table at the back. The Sport Premium Plus adds a Burmester surround sound system and adjustable air suspension, which it’ll probably need with the 18-inch wheels Mercedes will fit.
Grey and red are the free colours, otherwise you’ll need to find another £675 down the back of the sofa for a nice metallic number. The EQV looks at its most ‘world leader at a G20 summit’ in black, you might even convince people there’s someone important inside. Beige leather is a no-cost option inside and you can order some accessories, like tablet mounts for the backs of the front seats, but that’s your lot – Mercedes really chucks a lot in there for you.
The 90kWh battery is fairly huge, and at 2,635kg before anyone has even got in, the EQV isn’t particularly light. A 200-mile range should be achievable, though, and the official WLTP figure is 211–213 miles. There are few EVs that make a 50kW fast charger feel quite so slow, though. Fortunately the Mercedes can take up to 110kW, but our attempts to reach those heady heights were sadly fruitless. Otherwise, if you’ve got the time there’s an onboard 11kW charger that should have you filled up before the end of your holiday.